Sen. Marco Rubio’s star turn in last Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate is already paying off, with a new poll showing his numbers rocketing upward in New Hampshire.
The Florida senator surged to third place, behind real estate mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, in the Monmouth University poll of the state’s likely Republican primary voters. While Rubio trails Trump by 13 points, he is within 3 percentage points of Carson.
Crucially, the poll also has Rubio overtaking former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his faltering home-state rival who over the weekend guaranteed that he would win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.